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Manager, Comic Vision

Title: Manager, Comic Vision
Employment Terms: 12 month contract
Start Date: Late August / Early September 2017
Reporting Structure: Reports to the Director, Philanthropy, manages an external event consultant in Toronto and supports an external event consultant on the West Coast

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
While this position manages events nationwide, which will necessitate event management experience, the focus of the position is on fundraising.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience. Our events are managed by fundraising staff in house with logistics managed by external consultants.

Please specify your fundraising experience in your cover letter as it applies to this position.

We have great respect for event planners in the industry, however we are fully staffed in that regard.

Due to the nature of this position, travel and late nights are required. A valid driver’s license is a must. The incumbent will also have direct experience with Raiser’s Edge.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to hmcdonald@ffb.ca with “Manager, Comic Vision” in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we will only be contacting those selected for interviews.

THE FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the leading private supporter of vision research in Canada. Over the past 42 years, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has invested over $30 million in ground-breaking research that will ultimately be translated into new therapies and cures at hospitals and universities nation-wide. Our growing Major Gift and Annual Giving programs, pioneering Vision Quest education series and signature events across Canada like Comic Vision, Ride for Sight and Cycle for Sight, unite Canadians to support our commitment to advancing retinal research, education and public awareness. Since 1974, thanks to our supporters, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has funded 215 research grants resulting in over 700 discoveries, all supporting our goal of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored. Curing blindness is a monumental task that many of our researchers have made their life’s work. Our community of donors demonstrate unwavering support of our mission – changing lives by restoring hope and sight.

COMIC VISION
Travelling nationally with the Canada’s funniest people, Comic Vision invites guests to share the laughter and see the hope in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Over the past 19 years, we have seen the impact of a game-changing $9 million raised from Comic Vision. A night of FUN, this ain’t your average rubber chicken gala! Guests enjoy complimentary cocktails, delicious food, and a packed live and digital auction.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Manager, Comic Vision will oversee the management our Montreal event on November 2 and will support the Manager, West Coast Events to execute our Vancouver event on November 3. The Manager will also develop and execute three events in the Spring of 2018 (Toronto x2 and Oakville). Note that dates and cities are subject to change and new events may be added in consultation with the Manager.

A cumulative gross fundraising budget for all events is $700,000 which comprises of sponsorship (local and national), table and ticket sales, onsite fundraising (auctions, raffles, etc.), and donations. Securing in-kind support is essential in keeping expenses low.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Hold sole responsibility for the overall budget including the procurement of sponsorship (cash and in-kind), ticket sales, donations and onsite fundraising
  • Secure new and renewing local and national sponsors, event donors and ticket buyers through data mining and strategic outreach by creating unique and enticing sales packages
  • Management of key relationships with sponsors, donors and ticket buyers
  • Manage volunteer committees for each event, and identify potential new committee members
  • Provide excellent stewardship through timely tax receipting, thank you calls, and maintenance of accurate information in the database
  • Collect, procure and write all copy for silent and live auction items through existing relationships, volunteer committees, and cold calling
  • Meticulous management of donor pipelines, prospects, guest lists and seating plans
  • Implement innovative communications / promotional strategies including social media, e-communications, and targeted marketing
  • Recruitment of event day volunteers in tandem with other FFB staff
  • Ensure financial reconciliation and accurate forecasting in all areas of revenue and expenses
  • Work with FFB staff to identify and manage event Ambassadors and inspirational speakers
  • Effectively manage external consultants with regards to logistics, design, scripting, and the website

 

 

 

 

 

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Coordinator, Research & Education

Posting Date: July 25, 2017; Deadline: August 14, 2017
Title: Coordinator, Research & Education
Employment Terms: Permanent, full-time
Start Date: Immediately
Reporting Structure: Directly reports to the Manager, Research & Education

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to candrews@ffb.ca with “Coordinator, Research & Education” in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we will only be contacting those selected for interviews. Please note the required qualifications.

THE FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS
The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is the leading private supporter of vision research in Canada. Over the past 42 years, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has invested over $31 million in ground-breaking vision research nation-wide. Our growing Major Gift and Annual Giving programs, pioneering Vision Quest education series and signature events across Canada like Comic Vision, Ride for Sight and Cycle for Sight, unite Canadians to support our commitment to advancing retinal research, education and public awareness. Since 1974, thanks to our supporters, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has funded 215 research grants resulting in over 700 discoveries, all supporting our goal of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored. Curing blindness is a monumental task that many of FFB-funded researchers have made their life’s work. Our community of donors demonstrate unwavering support of our mission – changing lives by restoring hope and sight.

POSITION SUMMARY:
Reporting to the Manager, Research & Education, the candidate is responsible for all aspects of administration related to the FFB’s Research and Education department. The candidate is also responsible for the logistical planning of Vision Quest (the FFB’s educational conference series) and peer-review meetings related to research funding. The candidate will be the frontline contact for research and education-related communications and play a key role in managing information related to phone and email interactions.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reporting to the Manager (Research and Education), carry out administrative tasks associated with the Foundation’s research and education activities
  • Take a leadership role in the planning of events associated with research and education, including their on-site details
  • Take a leadership role in the logistical and structural development of events associated with research and education, including the management of tickets, seating, catering, etc.
  • Support the creation of educational material through copy editing, formatting, uploading, and in some cases drafting written content
  • Manage patient/supporter/ambassador data by inputting it into Raiser’s Edge and aiding in the creation of new data management systems
  • Help develop and work as the front-line contact for a “vision care hotline” that will provide direct phone support for patients and caregivers
  • Be the front-line contact for research and education-related communications over the phone and through the Foundation’s info account
  • Work as an integral member of the research and education team and help advance the team’s portfolios

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Strong familiarity with Microsoft’s Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • Background in written communications with an emphasis on grammar and copy editing
  • Strong oral communications skills with a high aptitude for communicating professionally over the phone
  • History (at least one year) of successful work in an administrative position
  • Experience with Raisers Edge is an asset
  • Experience in the non-profit sector is an asset

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